Kato Turntable issue(s)

Keith Dec 2, 2021

  1. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

    Anyone with a Kato turntable in use, that's having indexing issues??
    At one point, mine would skip the track I wanted, and stop one track
    over. Had to reverse bridge direction, to stop at the track I wanted!

    Now, Bridge turns fine, in both directions, when dirc tion switch is flipped.
    Now however, it will slow down to index with track, and KEEP going! It will
    NOT stop at any track now, either direction! Now, I gotta get it lined up by
    eye and pull the power cord, and hope the bridge lines up with the track I want!

    Have not contacted Kato yet. Forget until after I've shut down for th night!
    Or just don't think about it! Will get in touch and see what they have to say.

    As always, any help and/or information is much appreciated!!
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Sounds like it is possessed! :eek::eek::eek:
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  3. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

    Even the exorcism didn't help!! :LOL:
    It's annoying, since I really can't use the turntable right now!
    Almost as bad as wanting to run my George Bush SD70ACe, but
    the ESU decoder is dead!
    Not lights, sound etc...Want to see if I can ship back to dealer
    and have them take a look at it, unless I gotta send it back to Kato, ESU or??
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  4. Mike C

    Mike C TrainBoard Member

    Call Kato USA it's probably the controler . Is it under warenty ?
  5. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

    Probably not. It’s about 3 years old now.
    Got it while I was dealing with the massive
    Staph infection that was ravaging me at the time!
  6. cpr_fan

    cpr_fan TrainBoard Member

    So you could have two issues -

    The way the indexing works is there is a switch that contacts with the hole underneath each track. This is the clicking you hear as the turntable bridge turns. If you remove the track pieces from around the turntable you can see this switch at one end of the bridge.

    If the switch is not being triggered the turntable will not stop. You might want to see if the switch is stuck. I am guessing this is the problem because you said it has gotten worse.

    If the switch seems to be working. Then either the switch is broken or there is an issue with the turntable control box. The box processes the signal from the indexing switch and then stops the rotation motor and locks the turntable bridge. Unfortunately Kato does not stock spares for the control box - or didn't last year when I needed a new one.

    I ended up building a new controller with an Arduino. The advantage being you can program the track you want to move to instead of waiting. There are various posts on TrainBoard on how to do this.

    Good luck and fingers-crossed for a stuck switch.
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